The Black Series 2020 Line Look Yellow Star Wars: The Clone Wars Packaging
Item No.: Asst. E8908 No. E9354
Number: #01 - Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Includes: Rifle, pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: August 2020
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: The Republic Clone Troopers represented the future of galactic warfare. So symbolic were they of the times, the galaxy-wide conflict that saw their debut took its name from their ranks: The Clone Wars. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Starting at the head, we get an all-new helmet with a head glued inside. This future-proofs the figure and allows Hasbro to easily make removable helmet versions down the road with minimal remolding. This also looks wonky. When I got the box open I was asking myself it was misshapen - and it seems to be. The head stretched out the helmet in a weird, asymmetrical way that didn't happen with the older, solid helmet heads. The "face" is distorted a bit, and the t-visor doesn't merge into the also misshapen mouth area very well. The eyebrow black equator isn't on this revision of the armor, so it looks weird because of that, too. It's not the worst Clone helmet I've ever seen... is what I would like to say, but this is probably the worst one I've seen since their 2002 debut. From a distance, it looks just fine, but there's enough about it - like the various small stripes at what seem to be the wrong angle, with the wrong spacing - just turns me off. I hope there's a running change/improvement in an "Archive Series"-type release in the future.
The body deco is pretty solid - the stripes are thicker and placed a tiny bit different than on the show, but everything seems to be the right color and essentially looks fine. They're squeaky-clean, with the nifty squad marks on the shoulders. The thigh stripes are a little thicker than on the show, but I prefer the look of the Hasbro toy. Similarly, the arm stripes are thicker - and raised higher - but this seems to have been done to account for the new elbow articulation. Any lower, and they might get cut off on the back somewhere. The belt also matches nicely. All I can say here is that I have no legit complaints about the body deco, they did good.
I am smitten with the Entertainment Earth and Amazon exclusive Phase II clone armor - it's so shiny, with glossy black visors and exquisite paint damage. The Kamino Clone is a new mold that needs some work - the warped helmet, non-glossy armor, and weird knees and elbows (which have an excellent range of motion, minus the floating piece) make it interesting. But it's not my favorite. If Hasbro could just keep using the existing armor bodies I'd be pretty happy, but if they made a better helmet for future releases of this new mold I'd be happy with that, too. Weird elbows and knees aren't a huge deal, but a wonky helmet is the difference between "good figure" and "bad flea market bootleg Clome Tooper."
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,749: November 5, 2020